Archbishop of York to visit Lancaster

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THE Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu will be visiting Lancaster on Thursday, October 6 as part of a two day visit to the Diocese of Blackburn.

Following a visit to St Peter’s Church in Heysham, Archbishop Sentamu will arrive at Lancaster Priory at noon, where he will launch a new virtual tour of the Priory based on QR codes, which can be read by smart phones.

Using state of the art technology, he will learn about a Roman oil lamp bearing a Christian symbol which was discovered in the church grounds early in the 20th century.

It suggests that Christian worship may have taken place on Castle Hill in Roman times. This object is now on display in the Priory, on loan from the Lancaster City Museum.

The Archbishop will also meet members of the Lancaster Priory organ project team, who secured a Heritage Lottery funding to install two historic pipe organs in the Priory.

The organs have been recovered from other churches in Lancashire. The organ builders, who are now responsible for the largest building project in the Priory for over a century will explain the current progress of the project to the Archbishop.

He will then move on to Christ Church, where he will meet volunteers from the Night Shelter Project, which has fed and accommodated homeless men and women in Lancaster for nearly 20 years.

He will briefly visit Lancaster and District Homeless Association, where he will talk to the homeless over coffee.

The Archbishop will then return to Christ Church where he will then join members of the over 60s club in their monthly meeting for lunch.